WICHITA, Kansas — Looking for work? There are about a thousand jobs up for grabs in the metro right now.
“I think the jobs are out there,” says Regina Pinkson. “Maybe not everybody is willing to do the jobs that are available. I think if you want a job bad enough, there is a job out there for you.”
Regina is applying this week at Sam’s Club. The company just opened its hiring center off 29th and Maize, and anticipates adding jobs right away on a new store.
“We anticipate that we will be hiring at least 160 new associates.” says Caleb Shannon with Sam’s Club. “The pay is based on experience and position you apply for. But these will be competitive jobs.”
There are many other jobs available now, where companies say they will have benefits.
The sentiment is not lost on leaders with the City of Wichita.
“One of the number one priorities is whether or not it pays benefits,” says Mayor Carl Brewer on adding jobs to Wichita. “And, secondly, whether or not it provides a salary that individuals can actually live on.”
Brewer talked to KSN Tuesday while on a “retreat” with city council members in Wichita.
“The time today is spent on city issues,” explains Brewer. “But one of the big issues we are tackling right now is jobs. How do we attract employers to Wichita? How do we recruit and attract businesses? We need to have diversity, but we can also play to our strengths.”
One of the strengths of Wichita is aviation jobs and big business. But, there is a diverse group of jobs available, if you are looking for work.
“We have a bit of a seasonal build coming in terms of companies hiring,” says Deb Firebaugh with CowleyFirst.
CowleyFirst is a group promoting Cowley county. And the county is offering up hundreds of jobs right now.
“Creekstone Farms is adding jobs,” says Firebaugh. “They will continue to ramp up, adding about 300 jobs over the next few years. We also have the new Best Western going up. They are hiring and will add about 40 jobs.”
Cowley county will host job fairs on March 4 at Winfield High School and March 5 at Cowley College.
“We have about the same number of commuters going to Wichita everyday for work as we do have coming into our county,” says Firebaugh.
Wichita city leaders say they are on the lookout for more jobs coming into Sedgwick County.
“Sam’s Club is one,” says Brewer. “But we need to go after as many jobs as we can.”